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Firefighters hold the line as blazes abound <div>Since the beginning of December, the Fire Service has responded to more than 2 500 incidents, including fires and special service calls like motor vehicle accidents and trauma cases.</div><div><br></div><div>Of these, 60% (1 500) have been vegetation fires.</div><div><br></div><div>It’s also an increase year on year, where the corresponding period had just over 2 000 fires, with nearly 1 100 of these being vegetation fires.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:802px;" /></p>​​</span>I want to commend our firefighters for being on the front lines to defend lives and property – in spite of the many challenges.</div><div><br></div><div>Each incident, whether a vegetation fire or a structural fire, comes with its own complexities and the City remains committed to serving communities across the metropole.</div><div><br></div><div>Currently, firefighting efforts continue in Simon’s Town, involving City staff but also numerous other agencies. </div><div><br></div><div>Staff fought throughout the night to protect homes and other structures, while some precautionary evacuations took place in the vicinity of Barnard and Victory Street.</div><div><br></div><div>Those who were evacuated have started moving back to their homes.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:802px;" /></p>​​</span>As things stand, more than 200 firefighters are still on the ground in Simon’s Town, along with a fleet of City firefighting equipment including 20 pumps, four water tankers and four skids.</div><div><br></div><div>In addition, the Table Mountain National Park has five tankers and one skid on site, along with various ground teams. </div><div><br></div><div>The fire is not yet contained, but the situation is more manageable, and five aerial support craft returned early this morning to assist with water-bombing efforts.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:802px;" /></p>​​</span>I applaud not only the firefighters from the City, but those from TMNP, NCC, WOF, VWS and DRM volunteers.</div><div><br></div><div>While the cause of the fire is not yet known, I want to urge residents and visitors to be cautious at all times.</div><div><br></div><div>Residents are reminded to phone 021 480 77 00 from a cell phone and 107 from a landline to report any emergency.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2023-12-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6;L0|#0c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6|Fire;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#cd2cd131-61eb-42aa-a4bd-73e6caa5148f;L0|#0cd2cd131-61eb-42aa-a4bd-73e6caa5148f|fire and rescue;GP0|#dddc28e3-401e-4f9d-8f54-4611e5e65447;L0|#0dddc28e3-401e-4f9d-8f54-4611e5e65447|Fire and rescue service;GP0|#c8cc5142-57fb-4407-b3cd-165b6cafa9ba;L0|#0c8cc5142-57fb-4407-b3cd-165b6cafa9ba|fire safety10

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